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First of all, congratulations to the People of Massachusetts and Boston, law enforcement and others who helped apprehend the suspects in the Boston Marathon Bombing Terrorist Incident.  Hopefully the criminal justice system will respect the rights of the surviving suspect while also seeking truth and justice.  It is important that our criminal justice system works in a manner that we will all respect its ultimate conclusion.  I hope, and so far believe, that they have the right guy.

Second, when the dust settles from the current euphoria, no doubt there will be some (perhaps many) who will use this tragedy as a reason to fight immigration reform.  From the news reports, it appears that Dzhokar Tsarnaev (who as of the time of this writing is in serious condition in a Boston Hospital), was the beneficiary of an asylum case in the early 2000s.  He later naturalized to a US Citizen.  The Anti-Immigration crowd will no doubt cite this as an example of why we should not expand immigration but rather restrict it.  

Such thinking is amazingly low minded and irrational.  I urge people to think and critically analyze this issue without getting caught up in purely emotional, nonsensical thinking.  While we do not have all the answers yet, Dzhokar and the run of the mill undocumented person here in the U.S. have nothing in common other than the fact that neither was born in the U.S.  This is not an immigration issue.  This is a criminal or terrorist issue.  Terrorists and criminals are born here in the U.S. just as they are born outside of the U.S.  

We will not eliminate or even reduce crime or terrorism by pretending that all bad people are born outside of the U.S. 

Dan Ballecer